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Divya Kumar - Hillsborough County Community Reporter

Hillsborough County Community Reporter

I'm an editorial assistant/community reporter eager to hear your story. I was born in Indiana, but have called Florida home for a little over a decade and am fascinated by the stories big and small that make up our state. I got my start in journalism at King High School's student newspaper, and joined the Times in 2016 after earning a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. If you have a story you'd like us to know of, please reach out.

  1. Paint the Town volunteers worked on a beautification project in 2017. (Photo courtesy University Area CDC).
    Community service event is part of effort to bring people to University Area
  2. From left (front): Emmanuel Zanancho, Tonja Johnson, Janet Pace, Rafael Bassi; (rear): Charlotte Fuller, Brenda Jones and Carl Johnson are members of Beautifully Unblemished, a local vitiligo support group.
    Beautifully Unblemished has more than 130 members statewide, sharing day-to-day experiences and advice.
  3. From left, Vanessa Josey, Jody Fitzgerald, Executive Director, Mike Morina and Teresa Alvarado hold a block of Insulated Concrete Form.
    The homes are designed to expand affordable housing options.
  4. Tampa Fire Rescue responded to 508 N Franklin St. for a report of a fire which required a three alarm fire response to prevent the blaze from spreading to nearby businesses. Firefighters contained the fire but was working to prevent the fire from spreading on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 in Tampa.
    Firefighters say the blaze originated at Szechuan House at 508 N Franklin.
  5. The pedestrian walkway to the Straz Center was demolished in December.
    Construction on the 36-story residential tower has prompted changes in how visitors access the Straz Performing Arts Center and John Germany Library.
  6. Severe storms in April led to some street flooding near Edison Ave and Bayshore Blvd in Tampa.
    With a few days to go in 2019, it stands to be the 16th wettest year since the 1890s, according to the National Weather Service.
  7. Hillel Day School in north Tampa celebrates Hannukah during the 1970s or 1980s in this photo from the book, "Jews in Tampa," by Marcia Jo Zerivitz and Rob Norman.
    Celebrations were more intimate affairs when Jews from Eastern Europe and Germany first settled in Tampa during the 1840s.
  8. Ralph Lupton, 83, left, and his wife Nancy, 80, pose in front of their restaurant, Lupton's Bar-B-Que Buffet at 5299 E Busch Blvd in Temple Terrace, on Dec. 17. The Temple Terrace restaurateurs will close their business after 50 years at the end of the year.
    Lupton’s Fat Man’s BBQ and Country Cooking to close Dec. 24.
  9. A participant of the Veterans Resurgence program in the Hillsborough County jail helps paint a mural in the group's living quarters. (Photo courtesy Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office).
    The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office started the program to help vets envision a better future.
  10. After receiving multiple calls and emails from residents, Tampa City Council chairman Luis Viera wrote a letter to AMC’s corporate management asking to discuss the New Tampa theater.
    City Council Chairman Luis Viera wrote to AMC corporate headquarters asking to discuss the theater’s upkeep.